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20 win Kemper awards for teaching excellence


Surprise Patrol completes annual tour of duty; ceremony planned for Sept. 17

The “Surprise Patrol” has handed out the 20 $5,000 Kemper Awards for excellence in teaching and advising for 2002.

The W.T. Kemper Fellowships for Teaching Excellence recognize outstanding teachers and advisers at KU as determined by a seven-member selection committee. The committee's members include students, faculty and KU alumni. This is the seventh year in the 10-year award program. The William T. Kemper Foundation-Commerce Bank, Trustee, established a $500,000 fund for the program. The KU Endowment Association has provided $500,000 in matching funds.

All 2002 winners will be honored at a ceremony at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Woodruff Auditorium of the Kansas Union.
Here is a list of all of the 2002 Kemper Award winners:

Virgil H. Adams III, assistant professor of psychology
Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, associate professor of preventative medicine at KU Medical Center
Stephen H. Benedict, associate professor of molecular biosciences
Robert Carlson, professor of chemistry
Martin B. Dickinson, professor of law
Tomas L. Griebling, assistant professor of urology at KU Medical Center
Caroline Jewers, associate professor of French and Italian
Mark Joslyn, assistant professor of political science
Paul Laird, associate professor of musicology
Paul Lim, professor of English
Mary L. Michaelis, professor of pharmacology and toxicology
Karen Jean Nordheden, associate professor of chemical and petroleum engineering
Michael A. Oszko, associate professor of pharmacy at KU Medical Center
Thomas Pazdernik, professor of pharmacology at KU Medical Center
Suzanne Rice, associate professor of education
Mark Richter, professor of molecular biosciences
Lloyd L. Sponholtz, associate professor of U.S. history
Marjorie Swann, associate professor of English
Peter Ukpokodu, professor and chair of African and African-American studies and associate professor of theatre and film
Jack Wright, professor of theatre and film


Peter Ukpokodu,
professor and chair of African and African-American studies and associate professor of theatre and film, receives his Kemper Award from Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost David Shulenburger.

Virgil H. Adams III, assistant professor of psychology, third from left, receives his Kemper Award from (at left) Dale Seuferling, president of the Kansas University Endowment Association; Mark Gonzales, Lawrence community bank president, Commerce Bank; and Chancellor Robert Hemenway.


Sept. 13, 2002
Vol. 27, No. 2

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